Capital City!

When we last left our intrepid travelers – we had journeyed overnight to the beautiful city of St. Petersburg and walked around. After spending two days in St. Petersburg, we came back to Moscow where Justin and Kelly live to explore the capital city.

Readers of this blog know that I have been to Moscow before, but honestly, it was like seeing for the first time, since I do not remember much of it from my first trip there in 1992. General impressions – well, it was a much more Russian city than St. Petersburg – and aside from a few things like the Seven Sisters, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral, it was a much less pretty city than St. Petersburg. Also, possibly owing to St. Petersburg’s presence on the cruise ship circuit – Moscow ended up being a lot less tourist friendly and a less friendly city in general.

However, I would be remiss not to mention the wonderful subway system, the absolutely beautiful GUM department store right on Red Square, the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral – all of which make Moscow a place worth a stop through.

GUM Department Store


Red Square


St. Basil’s Cathedral


Other side of Red Square


The Kremlin


The Tsar Cannon


Moscow Subway


Some other comments:

Russian Restaurant service is bad. Very bad. Slow. Uncaring. Non-existant. It made me long for Chinese restaurant service. Justin told me it sometimes takes two hours to eat lunch because of the long wait for food delivery and bill delivery and change delivery.

Being a tourist in Russia is very expensive. We weren’t eating fancy meals, and yet we were still paying around $25-30 USD per meal (lunch and dinner). I will have another post about food, but we actually didn’t eat that many Russian meals there – having Azeri, Uzbek, Georgian, German and Czech as some of our many options. My favorite meal, however was the Russian one.

The rest of my photos are here

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3 Responses to Moskva

  1. wl says:

    dang that makes me want to go to russia pronto, in spite of the restaurant non-service. for now, I shall have to make do with the current issue of wallpaper* mag.

  2. Terence says:

    @wl – my trip was made easier and more pleasant by having a friend there with Russian language ability. Also, having a spare bed to sleep on in Moscow made it much more palatable to the wallet.

    But the other thing which made this trip really good was the weather. We had almost perfect weather. Cool, crisp, fall weather – great sunshine in St. Petersburg and half the time in Moscow – even when overcast in the morning, the sun would come out in the afternoon. Made the photos look nice, and the people slightly less dour.

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